(670 The Score) With the addition of Zach Davies to a rotation that already included Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills, the Cubs have a pitching staff that's primarily looking to succeed by inducing weak contact rather than missing bats with strikeouts.
That means there will be greater pressure on the team's defense to come through with outs on batted balls. It's something Cubs center fielder Ian Happ embraces, as he told the Bernstein & Rahimi Show on Thursday.
"It will change our prep a little bit as far as understanding where to play in the outfield depending on who's pitching," Happ said. "We're going to have to be pretty focused on just always being in the right spots. I feel pretty confident, because I think we won the team Gold Glove last year. I think as a defense, we were pretty good.
"We're excited to be behind those guys. That's always what we as a defense take pride in. As an outfield, one of the things that we kind of preach is that nothing falls out here. That's our goal all the time, is that we're going to be super aggressive, we're going to back each other up and if those guys are throwing strikes and getting the ball put in play, we're going to track it down.
"As a team, as a defense, that's our goal. Just go out there, guys, do your stuff, throw strikes, get weak contact and we'll take care of the rest."
The Cubs were sixth in MLB with a team fielding percentage of .986 in the 60-game regular season of 2020.